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Mexican president open to meeting with Trump

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday said he was open to meeting with Donald Trump, despite earlier this year comparing him to Adolf Hitler, according to Reuters.

{mosads}“Yes, I would meet with him,” Peña Nieto said in a television interview.

“I have never met him,” he added. “I can’t agree with some of the things he has said, but I will be absolutely respectful and will seek to work with whoever becomes the next president of the United States.”

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has faced heavy criticism from Mexican leaders over his harsh rhetoric about immigrants and his frequent calls to make Mexico pay to build a wall along the United States’s border with the nation.

Earlier this year, Peña Nieto blasted Trump’s “strident rhetoric” and compared the real estate mogul to Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Former Mexican presidents have also chided Trump, with Vicente Fox saying he would not pay for “that f—ing wall.”

But Peña Nieto has softened his tone on Trump in recent months. In an interview last month on CNN, he said he’d work with whoever wins in the fall, though he has also said that Mexico will not pay for Trump’s wall.

“We want to build a positive and constructive relation among Mexico and to whomever becomes president of United States.”

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